Calcutta, Feb 25, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Romantic comedies are one of the few genres of Bollywood movies that have not grown stale over time. In fact, it would be extremely difficult to find too many movie lovers who have not seen (and liked!) films like â€˜Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayengeâ€™ or â€˜Jab We Metâ€™ which have acquired the status of modern classics as far as romantic films are concerned.
Trailer: Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya
The more recent film we reviewed, â€˜Ek Main Aur Ekk Tuâ€™ (a quite brilliantly made movie in itself!) is also receiving considerable critical as well as commercial acclaim, bearing testimony to the enormous popularity of films belonging to this genre. â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™ is the latest addition to the slew of romantic comedies that are regularly churned out by the movie-makers in the Hindi film industry. The movie brings back the real-life couple Ritiesh Deshmukh and Genelia Dâ€™Souza who share screen space for the third time in this film (after the moderately successful â€˜Tujhe Meri Kasamâ€™ and â€˜Mastiâ€™).
Given that â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya’ is the duoâ€™s first film together after their (much-publicized!) marriage, the hype and buzz surrounding the movie were rather high among cine-goers. The movie is directed by Mandeep Kumar (who had earlier been at the helm of the runaway hit Punjabi film â€˜Jihne Mera Dil Luteyaâ€™).
â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™ tells the story of â€˜Miniâ€™ (Genelia Dâ€™Souza), a rich, debonair and tomboyish young lady. With drop-dead good looks, a valid Canadian passport and an extremely rich father, â€˜Bhattiâ€™ (Tinu Anand), it is hardly surprising that â€˜Miniâ€™ is much sought after by most of the young (eligible and otherwise!) men in town. â€˜Bhattiâ€™, however, looks upon his daughterâ€™s marriage as a business project and is bent on selecting a really rich son-in-law. â€˜Miniâ€™ had been brought up by â€˜Bhattiâ€™ almost single-handedly and now, the latter (practical businessman that he is!) looks to make the most of the marriage of his pretty (and extremely popular!) daughter.
After much deliberation, â€˜Bhattiâ€™ zeroes in upon â€˜Sunnyâ€™, a young man with considerable family riches (but of course!) as the ideal groom for â€˜Mini.â€™ Blinded by his quest for money, â€˜Bhattiâ€™ fails to give any consideration to the fact that, â€˜Sunnyâ€™, by nature, is a brusque and aimless young man, who does precious little but to brag about his fatherâ€™s fat pockets and his own â€˜Jat, Jameen aur Jipsyâ€™. â€˜Sunnyâ€™ believes (erroneously!) that his fatherâ€™s wealth and his swagger automatically gives him the license to woo any girl that he takes a fancy to and it hardly comes as a surprise that â€˜Miniâ€™ dislikes him from the first sight. However, standing against her fatherâ€™s decision also proves to be a task that is beyond â€˜Miniâ€™s scope. What can the young lady do to get out of this rather tricky situation? Well, love always has a way!
Enter â€˜Virenâ€™ (Ritiesh Deshmukh), a shy and reticent employee at â€˜Bhattiâ€™s offices. In a chance encounter, â€˜Miniâ€™ comes across â€˜Virenâ€™, just after the latter had a brief argument with her father. With the help of â€˜Virenâ€™, the smart and resourceful â€˜Miniâ€™ devises a grand plan to get herself out of the sticky scenario that she currently finds herself in. So, what is this apparently foolproof plan? Simple! â€˜Miniâ€™ takes off with â€˜Virenâ€™, feigning that the latter had kidnapped her. Together, our two main protagonists demand a huge ransom from â€˜Bhattiâ€™, which would give â€˜Miniâ€™ her independence and provide â€˜Virenâ€™ the funds to realize his career dreams. While on the run, the two start to get romantically involved (this is, after all, a love story, remember?!). â€˜Virenâ€™ and â€˜Miniâ€™ finally take refuge at the residence of â€˜Chaudharyâ€™ (Om Puri), a friendly (and slightly eccentric!) man, who lives with his fun-loving family members. While â€˜Miniâ€™ and â€˜Virenâ€™ receive lots of love and affection from â€˜Chaudharyâ€™s family, the two remain anxious as to whether â€˜Bhattiâ€™ would indeed pay the ransom amount, on which they are so depending upon. Does the extremely calculative â€˜Bhattiâ€™ actually pay up? Does â€˜Miniâ€™ manage to avoid the attentions of the irritating â€˜Sunnyâ€™ and unite with the man of her dreams, â€˜Virenâ€™? Find out the answers on the big screen!
â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™ has several factors going for it. Firstly, the film is lighted up by the simply fantastic onscreen chemistry that the leading couple of the film shares. The two manage to rise above the somewhat inconsistent narrative and screenplay of the movie and, via their sweet and sincere performances, make the film worth a watch. The climax of the film, which involves a stylish car and a…wait for it…attractive horse (!), is also a standout feature of the movie.
Ritiesh, as â€˜Virenâ€™, does a fine, fine job in â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™. The evolution of his character from the reclusive yet ambitious young man to a dreamy-eyed lover, who never loses sight of worldly considerations, is portrayed in a nice manner in the film. The quiet Viren provides the perfect foil for the chirpy and vivacious â€˜Miniâ€™ and Ritiesh quite happily plays second fiddle to her lady love for major portions of the movie. The actor, who has already proved his comic timing in several of his previous movies, shows here that he can be banked upon as a saleable romantic hero too.
Genelia, as â€˜Miniâ€™, is the life and soul of â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™. Viewers would simply love the infectious energy and vivacity that this young actress manages to bring to her performance. Her turn as a free-spirited young woman, who refuses to simply obey her fatherâ€™s commands and has her own plans for life, is definitely the standout feature of the film. In the movie, Genelia is smart, cute (as she is in practically all her movies!) and spontaneous, adding that extra dash of credibility to her portrayal of â€˜Miniâ€™. Already a sensation down south, Genelia is sure to attain greater heights in Bollywood too, if she keeps coming up with such sincere performances on a regular basis.
The performances from the rest of the cast of â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™ however, vary from the decent to the downright ordinary. Tinu Anand, as â€˜Bhattiâ€™, portrays the character of a scheming person who is on the hunt for the most economically viable (!) husband for his daughter, in a believable and entertaining manner. â€˜Om Puriâ€™, as â€˜Chaudharyâ€™, looks bored. To be fair to the veteran actor, he is given little scope to perform in a half-baked role. Smita Jaykar is okay, but only just. Veena Malik appears in a mundane item number in the film. Abhishek Bachhan, in a brief cameo, does a decent job. The rest are just about passable.
While the basic premise of â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™ is interesting enough, the film suffers from a tetchy screenplay and slack narrative. The first half of the movie is too slow, with the sequences involving Ritiesh and Genelia being the only interesting bits during this phase. The film seems to pick up after the interval for a while, but returns to its meandering pace after some time. The antics of â€˜Chaudharyâ€™ and his family are simply not captivating enough to hold the attention of the viewers throughout the movie. The innovatively conceived and stylishly shot climax, however, redeems the movie a great deal. How one wishes that the entire movie was as good as its closing scenes!
The musical score of â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™ is rather average too. The songs, composed by Sachin-Jigar (the music director duo of the film), are mostly situational and do not, in general, have any universal appeal. â€˜Piya O Re Piyaâ€™ (rendered nicely by Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghoshal) is hummable and so is â€˜Pee Pa Pee Paâ€™, but the other tracks are not quite up to the mark. The background music of the film is nothing to write home about either.
â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™ is a decent enough attempt by director Mandeep Kumar to make a nice and entertaining romantic comedy. The onscreen (and offscreen!) lovebirds, Ritiesh and Genelia, do manage to lend the extra bit of cinematic magic that any film of this genre so requires. The movie is, however, bogged down by a boring narrative, shoddy screenplay and an unremarkable musical score. The absence of even a single blockbuster number hurt the promotions of the movie too. While die-hard fans of romantic flicks would find the movie relatively nice, others might feel slightly let down by this film.
The flaws of â€˜Tere Naal Love Ho Gayaâ€™, however, do not take anything away from the fact that the film is, in most parts, just like its leading couple: Cute, very cute!